This week is National Apprenticeships Week, a celebration of training schemes that allow people to get hands-on experience of the career they want.
The theme for 2022 is “build the future”, reflecting on how apprenticeships help individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need for a rewarding career, while businesses gain a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.
We have a number of apprentices working with us, and some of them have explained how the schemes are benefiting them in their career.
Nadiyah Shah, apprentice project manager, building safety
“I chose to do an apprenticeship after dropping out of university midway through my course as I felt I would thrive in an environment where I could learn on the job, gaining a qualification and experience. Every member of my team and anyone I have encountered at Notting Hill Genesis has been so welcoming, I’ve learned how interlinked every aspect of the business is and I’m excited to continue on my journey.”
Nathan Din, apprentice project manager, assets
“I come from a busy background of many different jobs in many different sectors, but luckily I was given an opportunity to join Notting Hill Genesis. Ever since joining I have been made welcome by all staff at all levels and believe that I am able to reach out to anyone for any help I may need. I look forward to working in different departments and getting to know more people throughout the business as well as building on my career and knowledge in such a friendly and comfortable environment.”
Ben Johnson, business information analyst, development
“I’m halfway through a 15-month data fellowship course through a provider called Multiverse and am really enjoying it. I wasn’t aware that data apprenticeships like this existed before until I heard about Notting Hill Genesis wanting to upskill staff and I was recommended for this opportunity. My colleagues in development have all been incredibly supportive through the whole process.”
“I’m currently learning more Python, an analytical programming language, and starting a portfolio of projects using our data. I’m thankful for this opportunity and would encourage anyone who wants to learn new skills to find out more about available apprenticeships.”
Louisa Guest, leasehold manager, leasehold
"I am an apprentice under the National Leasehold Group apprenticeship, managed under The Learning Curve."
"As a Leasehold Manager, I encourage my team to apply/ study for the accredited IRPM leasehold qualification, with a view to gaining their AIRPM/ MIRPM accreditation, despite not having it myself. The main reason I don’t is due to the way I process information. I don’t flourish in a classroom setting followed by an exam, which was the route offered."
“The apprenticeship route provides me with a tutor who I have one-to-one sessions with every four weeks, in addition to group learning with external apprentices. I dedicate eight hours a week to my apprenticeship, knowing my tutor is just a message, email or phone call away should I need to speak with them.
"My apprenticeship can be completed over a minimum of 12 months and 1 week, longer if needed, and at the end I will hold the MIRPM and MCIH accreditations."
"While the non-apprenticeship route can be achieved over a shorter period, if you need something a little different from the norm and are dedicated to furthering your knowledge, then I would encourage you to strongly consider an apprenticeship. It may not be for everyone, but it certainly works for me.”